Halfway through teaching a condensed summer course in Film Studies, I am still catching my breath-- double the grading/lecturing in half the time is always a big adjustment! Still, I have had a great group of engaged students and have also been able to screen a few films that I have not seen in years, including the original pre-code Public Enemy (1931) starring James Cagney (a must see!). In the art world and on my media feeds, the May art auctions are slowly wrapping up and bringing about much of the expected commentary and discussion regarding valuation, the status of big sales, corruption, and ongoing angst about the state of the market. I continue to be fascinated by the transparency brought about through instant sales reporting and behind the scenes insights at the big auctions. Speculation about where the future of the market is headed and how it impacts art cities and their ecosystems is especially heated once again. Several of my links reflect the range of discourse. Enjoy the selection and the remainder of the Victoria Day long weekend (if you are in Canada)!
List of Links (for quicker linking):
- Yuxweluptun’s exhibition brings you face to face with indigenous history
- A Video Game That Tailors Its Terrors to Your Anxiety
- Why You Don’t Need an Art History Degree to Be a Curator
- Perfect Strangers | Vanessa Beecroft & Maya Rudolph (VIDEO)
- The Gentrification Art Show That Inspires ‘Intentional Awkwardness’
- What Inspires Your Museum-Based Teaching?
- CANADALAND Episode #: 134 Failing Up, Pt. 2 (PODCAST)
- Art Demystified: Auctions and Buyer's Premiums
- Download Original Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More
- Susan Sontag on How the False Divide Between Pop Culture and “High” Culture Limits Us